Diego Romero (born 1964) is a third-generation Cochiti Pueblo artist who specializes in pottery as well as printmaking. After art school in California, Romero attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. After one year at IAIA, he enrolled at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, where he earned his BFA degree. He studied next at University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his MFA in 1993.


Romero's pots marry Cochiti Pueblo ceramics with his love of comic books, superheroes, mythology, and pop culture. He honors his Cochiti worldview and his ancestors' method of coiling clay but expands the tradition with imagery and painting treatments. He draws on prehistoric Ancestral Pueblo and Mimbres ceramics, Greek vessels, and pop culture. Romero's narratives combine humor and often-biting social commentary that communicate messages about contemporary Native American life, including difficult issues related to Native politics, history, identity, war, and alcoholism.


Related Works

  • Romero is a frequent collaborator with the print shop Landfall Press, now known as Black Rock Editions, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Other printmakers who've worked with Landfall and Black Rock include Lesley Dill, Sol LeWitt, Christo and Judy Chicago.
  • In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, Todd Ryan White takes similarly funny and revolutionary liberties in his interpretations of pop culture iconography. View his work.